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Meaning and Origin of: Easton

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  • Scottish and English : habitational name from any of the numerous places so called. Most are from Old English ēast ‘east’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; examples in Devon and the Isle of Wight get their names from the Old English phrase beēastan tūne ‘(place) to the east of the settlement’. Another in Devon gets its first element from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Ælfrīc (composed of the elements ælf ‘elf’ + rīc ‘power’) or A{dh}elrīc (composed of the elements a{dh}el ‘noble’ + rīc ‘power’). One in Essex is from Old English ēg ‘island’ + stān(as) ‘stone(s)’. Finally Easton Neston in Northamptonshire gets its name from Old English Ēadstānestūn ‘settlement of Ēadstān’, a personal name composed of the elements ēad ‘prosperity’, ‘riches’ + stān ‘stone’.
  • Nicholas Easton (1593–1675) was a tanner by trade who emigrated from Wales to MA in 1634, bringing his two sons with him on the Mary and John. He first settled at Ipswich, and in 1638 settled at Pocasset (Portsmouth) in RI, where he was governor in 1672–74. He had nine children.

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